Dizzy Swallows

Goodbye Alan

January 14th, 2016

It has been a difficult week for magic in this world, as we now bid goodbye to the unequalled Alan Rickman, also 69, also lost to cancer. While I feel conflicted about how much we make of celebrity deaths versus, say, the hundreds of unnamed refugees dying each day, I cannot help but mourn the passing of another giant in my own life (here’s one from the vaults expressing my love). As anyone who has ever read and loved Harry Potter knows, Rickman portrayed on film the magnificently complex character of Snape as no one else could. But Snape aside, his other works include some of my all-time favorite and formative films, such as Sense and Sensibility, Dogma, Blow Dry, Bottle Shock, and Love Actually. Not to mention his hugely humorous roles in Galaxy Quest and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

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All Fang, No Sparkle

December 12th, 2014

I rarely review movies on dizzy, but after watching Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, I could barely keep myself from jumping off the couch to tell you all about it right then and there. Not only does it feature a scene wherein shirtless Tom Hiddleston, complete with lank, black rocker hair and leather pants, licks on a blood popsicle (bless you Jim), but the film resoundingly obliterates the sparkling travesty that has been passing as the genre’s flagship for far too long. And that right there may be enough to recommend it! Don’t go in expecting any gory neck biting or climbing up the wall action scenes. This is a dreamy love story between Hiddleston’s Adam and the incomparable Tilda Swinton‘s Eve (whose truly glorious mane was allegedly enhanced with yak hair). Clearly drawing inspiration from old school Anne Rice, the film somehow manages to make … Continue reading

Blade Runner Polaroids

June 3rd, 2011 2 Comments

I am madly in love with this set of Polaroids taken in 1982 by actress Sean Young on the set of Blade Runner. It’s a no-brainer really since they combine three of my favorite things: Polaroids, Blade Runner, and Harrison Ford. These newly unearthed photographs give an intimate peek at the cast and crew behind the camera. Naturally, I find the shots of Young with co-stars Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer particularly interesting, but I am blown away by her style.


The yellow leaning chair is amazing. Apparently Old Hollywood used these so actresses wouldn’t wrinkle their costumes.

I love how seriously he is taking this.

Look at that coat! Ah!

Via HUH. Magazine, Is Viral and Bitter Balcony. All images by Sean Young

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Dreams and The Imaginarium

March 30th, 2011 1 Comment

Dreams are a huge part of my life. I’m not talking aspirations here, but actual forgot-to-put-on-pants, or riding-Pegasus-through-the-clouds kinda dreams. At night, my mind conjures up the most enthralling technicolor epics, so vivid I sometimes wake up unsure if an event actually occurred or whether a person actually said that. Among my favorites, which my brain obligingly produces on a regular basis, are flying dreams that find me soaring over mountains and valleys, skimming across meadows and treetops, and floating down over lakes. The feeling of weightlessness if so real and somehow so familiar.

You’d think, then, that I would love Inception wouldn’t you? Sadly, while the movie was very entertaining (and really, it’s difficult to say bad things about a film with Ellen Page and Marion Cotillard), I felt that their dream sequences were lacking any kind of real imagination. Instead, I would refer you to the often overlooked … Continue reading

On Port Townsend, House Hunts and Why Craigslist Can Eff Off

February 2nd, 2011

I’m sure I am not the only one find house hunting among the most nauseatingly dreary and frustrating processes devised by man. With the holidays well over, Jacob and I are more than ready to bid goodbye to our current housing limbo and put down roots in our next home. As I’m certain many of you know from painstaking experience, this can be a monumental task.

Tired of the same old apartments in Seattle, we decided to branch out for a fun weekend trip to visit a few rental possibilities in the charming town of Port Townsend. A 19th century Victorian gem perched on the northeast tip of the Olympic Penninsula, Port Townsend is a picture perfect seaport and artist-friendly community.

Port Townsend is an easy ferry ride over from the Keystone landing mid-way up Whidbey. I choked down my pride to take these photos, looking disturbingly like those … Continue reading